• Outreach Dinner (Laguna Niguel)

    Faith Episcopal Church

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. "Hands of Grace" is a collaboration by some groups/churches in or near Laguna Niguel to provide a weekly dinner on Wednesday nights. Some of their guests might include families in need or homeless individuals. http://faithepiscopal.org/welcome/hands-grace This news article elaborates further - http://www.ocregister.com/articles/homeless-339412-faith-hands.html One of the coordinators, Barbara, says, "Our main focus is to not just serve dinner, but to sit and eat and be in conversation with our guests. We serve about 12 – 15 people each week and different churches in the area take turns hosting. Volunteers cook, set up and clean up. Anyone is welcome and there is no religious agenda to our homeless guests either. We do join hands and say grace prior to the meal, but the purpose is to host a family type meal and a listening ear." ____________________ Volunteers are welcome to bring food (cooked, ready to eat/serve). Other events might involve cooking food at the venue, but I think some/most volunteers cook at home beforehand and then bring the prepared food to the event. If anyone is busy (e.g. working), and doesn't have time to cook beforehand, they still welcome volunteers to join them for eating dinner and chatting. Maybe buy drinks (juice, soda, etc.) or dessert if you don't have time to prepare food. Or just stop by and join them for dinner and conversation. I could be wrong, but I think they welcome new people/volunteers. They also welcome donations of clothing, breakfast bags, and toiletry/hygiene items for the homeless. ____________________ Even though church groups are involved, being Christian or religious is not required. They welcome anyone/everyone at their dinner. This is an opportunity to bring the community together with others who might be struggling, and they talk about various topics. They don't necessarily talk about religious or Christian subjects. Barbara and the others groups/churches do not monitor this meetup group, so they won't see if anyone signs up or any comments posted. ____________________ If anyone wants to help, check the following websites below to confirm a dinner is happening on this date. Look for "Hands of Grace" http://faithepiscopal.org/events-3/calendar http://www.mychurchevents.com/calendar/calendar.aspx?ci=L6J4G1N8J4F0O9N8H2 https://missionlutheran.org/service https://lnpc.org/big-groups/missions-team https://www.stgeorgesparish.org ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462852950491420 ____________________ Faith Episcopal Church does not look like a traditional church building. It looks something like this - https://goo.gl/maps/krACWTn42Vm ____________________ Other ways to help the homeless & hungry in South OC can be found at http://www.sco-oc.org http://www.friendshipshelter.org/how-to-help http://www.lagunafoodpantry.org/volunteer http://welcomeinnoc.org And here's info for additional opportunities: https://nowimsimplyme.com/south-orange-county-teen-volunteer-opportunities ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Faith Episcopal, Mission Lutheran, OC Register, & St. George's Episcopal

  • Food Distribution (La Habra)

    Behind The Gary Center in the back

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ Okay...finally, here are the details for this specific food distribution. This food distribution used to be at/with another church group, Vineyard, but it appears to now be with Rise, and they are at a new location. https://www.riselh.com/copy-of-visit Every Thursday at 6:00 pm, they offer free food to people. Setup starts at 5:00 pm. If arriving at 5:00 pm is challenging, arriving at 5:15 or 5:30 pm should be okay. Some/many of the other volunteers are part of a church group, but they are very welcoming and friendly of new volunteers. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855689574541077 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855585111218190 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Storehouserisechurchlh/photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1256485037794870 ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. Coppie told me they will have a food distribution every Thursday, except on major holidays. And it's possible things happen (e.g., project leader gets busy/sick, inclement weather, lack of food donations, the venue is unavailable, etc.)... So if this day is on a holiday, or if it might rain, or there's any other reason you want to check before going, please feel free to contact them to confirm the date, time, location, and if they still need volunteers. Ask for Coppie. She and her husband, Rick, are really friendly and nice. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601620/477839378 [masked] (562)[masked] btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding with whatever happens. ____________________ At the end of Hillcrest Street (cul de sac) is The Gary Center. https://goo.gl/maps/ZGzHJNUearo Street parking should be free. If you see people standing by the side of the building, then you're at the right area. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601620 Walk toward the back of the Gary Center and you should see people setting up tables/pallets and moving food. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601620/#[masked] Ask for Coppie or anyone who looks like they know what's going on, and they can instruct you on what/how to help. - And if anyone gets thirsty, just ask Coppie. They usually have some extra water or other drinks in the refrigerator that is available for volunteers. And if anyone is hungry, sometimes a "soup lady" brings soup for the people, and there usually is enough soup for volunteers too. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601894/477841965 Oh, and sometimes at the end of the food distribution, they might have leftover fruit and vegetables, or other perishables like bread, salads, or other refrigerated items that will expire soon, so instead of throwing them away, they encourage volunteers to take some extra items, either for yourself, or drop it off at a shelter or elsewhere....so feel free to take some items so the food doesn't go to waste. ____________________ If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability. Orange County http://feedoc.org/get-help/get-food-2 https://www.wastenotoc.org/pantries http://ocfoodbank.org/csfp - Greater Los Angeles https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator https://foodforward.org/about/who-gets-our-food - Southern California http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/CAfoodbanks.html

  • Make Hygiene Items for Girls Abroad (Norco or Corona)

    Needs a location

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: What is the address? A: They used to meet at a Mormon church in Corona, but they seem to meet at a home in Norco. If interested in helping, check their FB page or email them to confirm the date and location/address. https://www.facebook.com/Daysforgirlscorona [masked] Also, to help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. It's possible they might reschedule to another Thursday due to holiday, venue conflict, project leader is busy/sick, etc. I'll try to remember to check each month, but in case I forget, please contact them or check their Facebook page to confirm they are meeting on this date. Thank you. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Days for Girls. http://www.daysforgirls.org https://vimeo.com/204386445 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4K3Y255NYc - "Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education." The Corona chapter usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. Their hours are 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. For this meetup, 6:30 - 8:30 pm is just a suggestion. Feel free to arrive and leave whenever you want. This event is flexible, so you choose what time and how long you want to help for. I posted a time of 6:30 - 8:30 pm, but if anyone is available during the day (morning or afternoon), please feel free to help whenever is best for your schedule. Contact Lauralynn to confirm the date & address, and where to park. https://www.facebook.com/Daysforgirlscorona [masked] ____________________ Sewing is a major aspect of this project. Learning is fairly easy and nearly anyone can help. If you can drive a car, then you can use a sewing machine. It has a foot pedal and similar to steering, you guide the fabric through (usually straight), and the sewing machine does all the work. The sewing machines have a safety guard thing, so nobody should lose a finger/thumb. It's fairly safe and easy to learn. However, help with other tasks is also needed, that doesn't involve sewing. ...such as cutting fabric. Another example of a non-sewing task is ironing: I could be wrong. My guess is every month might differ slightly with their non-sewing tasks...so if anyone goes in the future, they might work on different stages of the kits. The entire project has various parts, so what is shown in my photos might be different from the tasks on a future night. But for the most part, all the non-sewing tasks should be fairly easy to learn/do. The person in charge of the Corona chapter is Lauralynn. She or her mother is usually there in the morning, afternoon, or evening...so at least one person is there throughout the day (and night). They are very flexible and welcome help for whatever amount of time volunteers can offer and give. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1280970598679647 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Daysforgirlscorona/photos - Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz2Pdky23dp0JvS1wgyO3vg/videos https://www.youtube.com/user/DaysForGirlsIntnl/videos ____________________ FAQ Q: Sewing seems impractical and time-consuming. Why not just donate tampons or pads? A: "DfG Kits were designed to work across a variety of environmental and cultural settings. How did we do this? By listening to feedback from thousands of women and girls, and creating 28 different iterations." https://www.daysforgirls.org/the-days-for-girls-kit These kits/items are intended to be cleaned and re-used for years, and therefore end up being cost-efficient and cost-saving in the long term. Q: Do volunteers need to know how to sew (or own a sewing machine)? A: Sewing is an important and essential aspect to this project, but some non-sewing help is also needed, such as "cutting, ironing, tracing, snapping, etc." Q: Do volunteers need to be Mormon/LDS or religious? A: Everyone is welcome to help. Being Christian/Mormon/religious is not required nor expected. Some participants probably are from that church group, but they probably also have non-members and non-religious individuals help too. From what I read, Days for Girls does not appear to have any religious affiliation or association. ____________________ If anyone has family or friends who enjoy sewing, and you want to tell them about this...other chapters exist throughout the country and world. Some chapters don't meet regularly. Some volunteers just sew the kits/items on their own. https://www.daysforgirls.org/usachaptersandteams On the top right corner of the map, click the magnifying glass to search for a chapter by city or zip code. I don't know if all/any of other chapters in SoCal are active, but please feel free to contact any of them: • Anaheim - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-Anaheim-CA-Team-735718603247795 • Brea - [masked] • Corona - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/pg/Daysforgirlscorona • Irvine 1 - [masked] • Irvine 2 - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-West-Irvine-CA-Team-553436648185576 • Los Angeles 1 - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/DaysforGirls.LosAngeles • Los Angeles 2 - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-West-Los-Angeles-CA-562122590637959 • Ontario - [masked] • Reseda - [masked] • Riverside - [masked] • Venice - [masked]

  • Play with Kids at a Motel (Anaheim)

    El Dorado Inn

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from another group, OC United. https://ocunited.org/what-we-do/homelessness "In 2011 we began to show up at the El Dorado motel every week, multiple times a week. Wednesday nights we have rotating teams serve dinner to approximately 125 residents providing connection and community. Friday nights we bring families together through pizza, root beer floats, fun activities, crafts, dominos, and laughter." On Friday nights, they serve pizza & root beer floats, and play games/sports with the kids. Some of the regular volunteers who attend every Friday are from nearby church groups, but they welcome new volunteers. Even though some participants are Christian, being religious or Christian is not required nor expected. ____________________ They are pretty friendly and open to new people helping play with the kids. You can play basketball, throw a football, play with jump rope, play card/board games like Uno, Jenga, etc. Sometimes the kids play musical instruments. Their video shows what this is about - https://vimeo.com/203622461 If anyone wants to help serve the food/ice cream or play with the kids, feel free to just show up or contact them in advance. Jay via [masked] or Katie via [masked] ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but if anyone wants to check before driving there, please feel free to contact them to confirm this event is happening this Friday. It's possible they might not have an event on this date (e.g. holiday, inclement weather, lack of food donations, the project leader is busy/sick, etc.)...so please confirm with them. Regarding parking....the motel has two entrances/gates. Look for the entrance on the west, next to the shopping area (stores like 99 cent store & O'Reilly Auto Parts). If parking at the motel isn't available, try street parking or by the shopping plaza. They meet in the back (west-side) of the motel. Go past the gate toward the back of the motel - refer to this visual - https://goo.gl/maps/wkhTWttnuEz ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1037895316320511 Video: https://vimeo.com/203622461

  • Cards & Letters for the Troops [Flexible Date, Time, & Location]

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Meetup.com used to offer members & organizers the ability to post ideas and suggestions for meetup events. This is posted as an idea/suggestion for the group. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ These videos explain what this is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyGLIjFP0nY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPD1quy5mIw - FAQ Q: Where is the meeting location? A: Well, this is something you can do wherever you want, so it's your choice (home, work, coffee shop, library, a waiting room somewhere, by yourself, with family & friends, etc.). If anyone wants to plan a get-together with other members from this group, feel free to suggest a date, time, and location in the comments section or message me directly and I'll add it to the group calendar. - Q: Where should letters be sent? A: Operation Gratitude 21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 ____________________ One non-profit that collects and distributes letters in their care packages is Operation Gratitude. https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters Some events in this group might be far or not fit your schedule, so this is something you can do wherever and whenever you want, at your convenience. This idea is posted twice a month (Friday night), but you can choose another day/time. If any group members want to do this together, post in the comments section or email me with a date, time, location, etc. Maybe bring some paper, pens, blank cards, and other supplies, and meet at a public place (e.g. coffee shop, restaurant, library, etc.). This also can be done on your own, by yourself. If you have extra time during a lunch break, or when sitting in the waiting room for a doctor, dentist, DMV, or car repair/maintenance, oil change, etc., maybe bring some supplies and a clipboard and write a letter in 10 minutes or so. If your commute home after work is bad, and you don't want to be stuck in traffic, maybe find a nearby coffee shop or bar/restaurant, and write a letter/card while traffic subsides. Everybody is busy and writing cards/letters for our family & friends can be time-consuming and challenging. Totally understandable giving up one's own time and doing this for a stranger might not appeal to everyone. But for anyone who wants to show support and convey encouragement to the brave women & men who are serving (or served), they surely deserve a reminder that our country is indebted and grateful for their service and sacrifice. ____________________ Photo Source: Red Cross & Google Images ____________________ Expressing appreciation and well-wishes to service members and veterans is not limited to the holiday season, but can be year-round. Operation Gratitude is one organization that collects and distributes cards & letters for deployed military personnel, wounded warriors, and veterans. More info & instructions - https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters After making cards or writing letters, you can drop them off or mail them (in one envelope) to: Operation Gratitude 21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 Operation Gratitude collects cards/letters... ...and includes them in care packages for active military, veterans, and wounded warriors. ____________________ Other agencies: http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes http://www.operationwearehere.com/CaringInsightsMilitaryPersonnelLetters.html https://www.veteransunited.com/network/support-our-troops-write-a-letter http://amillionthanks.org/send_a_letter.php ____________________ Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XR-ORMvv7o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrLfsX9sYI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybycNOkA6AE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcqpY-OEfmw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB78Sdf863E ____________________ Your time is valuable and I don't want anyone to invest time in writing a letter that later is unacceptable and rejected. They have some guidelines, preferences, and requests regarding letters. Sorry, the following is long and detailed, but is intended to provide guidance and avoid any problems. It's your choice to read it or not. Thank you. ____________________ The following is from https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters - Start with a generic salutation, such as “Dear Hero” or “Dear Brave One.” Express your thanks for their selfless service. Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you will pray for them is wonderful. Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc. Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc. Please do not include a date or year on your letter. Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.) Children’s Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult’s address can be used). Can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids’ drawings with their age. No glitter or confetti please! Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes—they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners. Please don’t date your letters, sometimes it can take up to a few months for our Care Packages to be received after they are sent.

  • Breakfast for the Homeless & Community (Costa Mesa)

    Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. http://www.someonecareskitchen.org - "Our mission is simple: To feed a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the mentally challenged, the physically challenged, the senior citizens and most important of all – the children." "We provide this meal to our guests in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere." "We believe that no one should go to bed hungry, on the street or otherwise." "The Soup Kitchen provides a nutritional and tasteful meal to the less fortunate in our community." "Currently, the Soup Kitchen is serving over 300 guests per day, 7 days per week." ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted a few times per month, but if another Saturday or Sunday morning fits your schedule / availability better, lmk and I can add it to the calendar and maybe others can join you. ____________________ http://www.someonecareskitchen.org/pages/volunteer.html Their requirements are: "Minimum 15 year age requirement" "Dress code - closed toed shoes, long hair pulled back, no tank tops" ____________________ Volunteers can help in the kitchen (prepare food & cook breakfast) or in the dining room (set-up & meal service). The weekends can get full/crowded with several volunteers. It's possible it may seem like "too many volunteers," so please keep that in mind if deciding to go. If other individuals/groups, such as many high school students are also there to help, thank you for being patient and understanding. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.660361440740569 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462503617193020 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461442260632489 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461296863980362 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbDG-_Vz4ZA ____________________ Addendum: Of all the events I've attended since 2010, this is the only one I witnessed someone behaving in a questionable and disrespectful manner toward volunteers. Admittedly, my observation is limited and anecdotal. Nevertheless, this is included because I don't want anyone to have a bad/negative experience. One lady who works there can become volatile and explosive. Unequivocally, she can be sweet, friendly, loving, etc. But based on two experiences, she might have a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde personality, and can quickly switch to an angry and abrasive "Hulk." One time, she scolded and rebuked a girl (high school student) for wearing shorts. In front of others, she yelled, humiliated, and embarrassed her, making her cry. Another time, I saw her yell at other students for standing around. In their defense, sometimes many volunteers help on the weekends, and for those who are new, they may not necessarily know what to help with. Some people might wait until given instructions/directions, but for some reason, she lashed out in anger. Maybe it's her way of reducing the # of volunteers in the future because some probably wouldn't want to return. She seems passionate, committed, dedicated, and as the name of soup kitchen alludes to, very caring. Maybe she's under a lot of stress/duress and feels overwhelmed or burnt out. I don't know. It's disturbing and shocking to see an adult yell at kids who are there to volunteer. Most parents probably wouldn't like nor condone their kid(s) being treated that way. Others have mentioned her on Yelp - https://www.yelp.com/biz/someone-cares-soup-kitchen-costa-mesa Anyhow, the point of this isn't to deter or discourage anyone from volunteering. This is intended as a warning. If anyone goes to help, just be careful of one particular person, and if helping in the dining room...if you see her, look busy so you don't get yelled at. Hopefully you have a positive experience and don't get verbally attacked. Thank you for helping. Cheers! ____________________ The soup kitchen is across the street from Smart & Final. https://goo.gl/maps/7azi7z9tP9M2 Parking is available in the back. Around 7:30am, look for an open door to their kitchen. They usually meet inside the dining room and will give a quick intro/overview, and then assign roles. If you want to stay busy, helping in the kitchen is probably better. If you prefer a slower pace and don't mind some inactivity or standing around, then helping in the dining room might be better. If other individuals/groups, such as high school students are also there to help, thank you for being patient and understanding if it's crowded. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: OC Register

  • Food Distribution (Chino)

    Chino High School

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This food distribution is from another group, God's Pantry. http://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer They distribute food every month on Saturdays to people in the communities of: Pomona - 1st Saturday Azusa - 2nd Saturday Fontana - 3rd Saturday Mira Loma / Jurupa Valley - 3rd Saturday Chino - 4th Saturday Covina - 4th Saturday ____________________ Note: This event has a religious affiliation and association. I asked and they welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help. Being Christian or religious is not required. To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. If anyone wants to help, please check their website to confirm if this event is really happening on this date just in case anything changes (weather, holiday, venue unavailability, etc.): https://www.gods-pantry.org/calendar Or check their FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca Scroll down on their website for the address/location of each Saturday: http://www.gods-pantry.org To help, "check-in is between 7:30 am for setup or 8:30 am for the line. Register at the front of the line (the check-in table) to get a name tag and assignment and report to area leader." ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca/photos Video: https://vimeo.com/82867219 ____________________ FAQ Q: Can kids volunteer? A: From https://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer "Children are welcome but we ask that they stay under your supervision at all times." ____________________ Some other volunteer projects in the area: - Ontario - Every 1st Saturday at 9:00 am at a garden in Ontario http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/uploads/AmysFarm.pdf http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/Ways-To-Help/Volunteering.asp - Pomona - Every 3rd Saturday at Purpose Church https://purposechurch.com/localimpact Scroll down their website to "Monthly Homeless Outreach" - Pomona - Every Sunday at 3:00 pm at New Harvest Community Church https://www.hhchpomona.org/get_involved https://www.facebook.com/HHCHPomona

  • Food Distribution (Covina)

    Northview High School

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This food distribution is from another group, God's Pantry. http://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer They distribute food every month on Saturdays to people in the communities of: Pomona - 1st Saturday Azusa - 2nd Saturday Fontana - 3rd Saturday Mira Loma / Jurupa Valley - 3rd Saturday Chino - 4th Saturday Covina - 4th Saturday ____________________ Note: This event has a religious affiliation and association. I asked and they welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help. Being Christian or religious is not required. To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. If anyone wants to help, please check their website to confirm if this event is really happening on this date just in case anything changes (weather, holiday, venue unavailability, etc.): https://www.gods-pantry.org/calendar Or check their FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca Scroll down on their website for the address/location of each Saturday: http://www.gods-pantry.org To help, "check-in is between 7:30 am for setup or 8:30 am for the line. Register at the front of the line (the check-in table) to get a name tag and assignment and report to area leader." ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca/photos Video: https://vimeo.com/82867219 ____________________ FAQ Q: Can kids volunteer? A: From https://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer "Children are welcome but we ask that they stay under your supervision at all times." ____________________ Some other volunteer projects in the area:Some other volunteer projects in the area: - Azusa - Every 2nd Saturday at 9:00 am at St. Frances of Rome Church https://www.sfrchurch.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1102813&type=d&pREC_ID=1385526 - Pomona - Every 3rd Saturday at Purpose Church https://purposechurch.com/localimpact Scroll down their website to "Monthly Homeless Outreach" - Pomona - Every Sunday at 3:00 pm at New Harvest Community Church https://www.hhchpomona.org/get_involved https://www.facebook.com/HHCHPomona - San Gabriel Valley - http://vcsgv.org

  • Breakfast for the Homeless (Orange)

    Mary's Kitchen

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Preface: To be honest, they probably don't "need" additional volunteers. Every Saturday, they usually have 1 - 2 groups (such as church groups) help on a regular basis...and more likely than not, they probably have enough people. But if anybody lives nearby and really wants to help, feel free to continue reading. ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Mary's Kitchen. http://maryskitchen.org/about - Meals are provided everyday to the community (e.g. homeless, people in need, etc.). Volunteers on Saturday morning help with tasks such as cooking breakfast, serving food, organizing the food pantry, making sack lunches, food or clothing distribution, etc. ____________________ They get pretty full & busy on Saturdays. I could be wrong, but various church groups help on different Saturdays. The few times I went, they were cool with new people showing up. However, I've also seen a few times, they turned away volunteers b/c they had enough people. For example, a few high school kids arrived around 9am or so, and the kitchen was full with other volunteers and they weren't part of the church group, so one person actually told the kids to go home. Each Saturday might differ. One group might welcome new volunteers, while another group might be less warm and friendly. When I went, I arrived early (before it got crowded), and nobody kicked me out...so my suggestion is to go early...such as 7:30 am. ____________________ This is automatically posted a few times in this group. If anyone wants to help on a different Saturday, just lmk and I can add it to the calendar and maybe others can join you. ____________________ Personally, I've just showed up, but if anyone wants to check in advance before going, feel free to check with Mary's Kitchen via http://maryskitchen.org/Volunteer or Call them at[masked] and ask for Gloria Seuss, Natalie, or Patrick or Message them on their FB page - https://www.facebook.com/MarysKitchenoc or Check for events at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Marys-Kitchen-Project-721250091304970/events ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1856848477758520 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552382411538473 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463094470467268 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462534703856578 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462257320550983 http://maryskitchen.org/gallery - Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU4FPfOee2E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_t1o-JRyU0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3xSFgilstU ____________________ Mary's Kitchen isn't visible from the street. It's at the end of the street (cul-de-sac). https://goo.gl/maps/bs2mM8x2Uh82 The driveway entrance is on the left. Their parking lot sometimes has room, but if the fence/gate is closed, parking is available on the street (Struck Ave). If you see people standing/sitting at the sidewalk or grass area nearby, then that's normal. They are waiting for the breakfast to start. After parking, look for a driveway entrance and behind the gate/fence, the soup kitchen should be visible. Walk toward the kitchen. Look for a side door (red), next to the ramp and a light blue wall with "Mary's Kitchen" in white paint - https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29604036/477859951 After entering the door, on the right side, sign in and get a name tag. A few people (from the other group) should be in the kitchen. Let them know you're there to volunteer and their group leader should hopefully find something for you to help with (e.g. chop veggies, wash dishes, make sandwiches, organize the food donations or pantry, etc.). If by chance they are unfriendly and cold, then sorry about that. If anyone decides to go, hopefully you have a positive experience. Thank you for helping. Cheers.

  • Food Bank (Irvine)

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Inc.

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I have to also sign register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically scheduled in this group. However, the food bank is not open every Saturday. Sometimes the warehouse is closed for holiday weekends or special events. So regardless of the date posted here on Meetup, please check their registration page to confirm they are open on this date. https://feedoc.volunteerhub.com/?format=List&filter=46333 To repeat, they might not be open on this date. I don't want anyone to waste time driving there to find out they are closed or full, so please remember to check their registration page to see if they are open. Thank you. https://feedoc.volunteerhub.com/?format=List&filter=46333 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Second Harvest Food Bank. http://feedoc.org https://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/volunteer/activities "The Food Bank partners with more than 340 member charities who feed the hungry in more than 470 locations throughout Orange County, including church pantries, shelters, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and homes for abused women and children." "The Food Bank helps feed more than 200,000 individuals each month. Those served include the working poor, children, seniors on fixed incomes, single parents, the disabled, the homeless and individuals experiencing medical emergencies or recent job layoffs." Second Harvest needs volunteers to sort food (canned food, dry goods, fruit, other donations, etc.), assemble food boxes, or perform other tasks. Thank you for being open-minded to whatever they assign. ____________________ Saturdays can get busy & full with other individuals & groups. You can decide/select which shift to help with: The morning shift is 8:30 am - 11:30 am The afternoon shift is 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm - To help, go to https://feedoc.volunteerhub.com/?format=List&filter=46333 Scroll down for the date you want to help on. Look for "AM Individuals - Food Distribution Center" or "PM Individuals - Food Distribution Center" and click "Sign Up" to register. If you see other openings, they usually are intended for "regular" and experienced volunteers or other groups, such as companies, churches, rotary/service clubs, etc. In the past I made some group reservations, but now it's just easier for me if people just sign up themselves, so look for openings that say "Individuals." That's what is open to the public/community. Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with Second Harvest is necessary. ____________________ Closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, heels, etc. are not allowed. Wearing old or casual clothes is recommended, something you don't mind getting dirty. Personal belongings (purse, bag, backpack, etc.) should not be brought inside. Their rule, not mine. Disposable gloves are usually available or bring your own. Bottled water is available inside their break room (refrigerator). "Children 14-17 years old can volunteer with their parents. All volunteers must sign Warehouse Liability forms, downloadable at https://www.feedoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Adult-Minor-Warehouse-Liability-Form.pdf ____________________ ____________________ Driving Directions Construction of the road, Marine Way from Sand Canyon Ave., is now finished. Some GPS or navigation apps/maps might not have the updated route to their address, 8014 Marine Way. So to avoid getting lost, consider using the intersection Sand Canyon Ave & Marine Way for your GPS or navigation app. Or print or save on your phone their map: https://www.feedoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2017_Food_Bank_Marine_Way_entrance_open.pdf or click on "Map to Irvine Warehouse" for the most current driving directions - http://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/volunteer/forms And here's their parking map - http://www.feedoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Volunteer_Parking_Map.pdf - If driving on the 5 or 405 freeway, most likely you'll exit Sand Canyon Ave. If exiting the 5 North, you should turn left on Marine Way: If exiting 5 South or the 405, from Sand Canyon Ave, turn right on Marine Way: If you see signs for the OC Great Park, then you're in the right area. Drive by some Caltrans site (blue signs) and keep going east on Marine Way. You should pass streets such as Ridge Valley and Great Park Blvd. The OC Great Park (orange balloon) should be on the left. Keep going east on Marine Way and when you see a stop sign, turn right to Second Harvest Food Bank. Parking should be available in the back. Look for loading docks: 1, 2, 3, 4. Next to dock 4 is the door/entrance: Once inside, turn right: If you already registered at http://feedoc.volunteerhub.com, click existing user and enter your name. If you haven't, click on new user. After checking in, put on one of their badges: A Second Harvest staff member should then give a quick intro/orientation and help you get started. Thanks for helping. Have fun. If anyone needs gloves, just look around or ask someone in an orange t-shirt. Restrooms are east of the break room and computer kiosk. ____________________ Everyone is busy and obviously free time on the weekends is valuable...so thanks to anyone who can help. Many of us are lucky to live in Orange County. For others who are struggling, fortunately Second Harvest exists to help thousands of people in need, and together we can contribute a little. For any parents, Second Harvest allows children to help with a garden and something inside the warehouse called Izzy's Corner. Click "READ MORE" on the following website for additional info/details - https://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/volunteer/activities Another food bank that is fun to volunteer with is the OC Food Bank in Garden Grove. Young children are allowed to volunteer there. http://ocfoodbank.org/volunteer ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1333209253455781 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1037802579663118 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.920792441364133 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.892191390890905 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.789586434484735 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.755454597897919 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.732669236843122 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.614854248624622 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552377694872278 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463920913717957 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463854543724594 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463566610420054 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462577977185584 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462563613853687 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462562167187165 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462498137193568 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461699213940127 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461436860633029 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461239110652804 Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQHdYxijnpY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHIlDeStm8Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXf5D2H61FE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XCUFlQX5QM Silly Video: https://vimeo.com/191307125 ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: OC Register, LA Times, & Second Harvest

  • Food Distribution (San Juan Capistrano)

    Mission Basilica [Father Serra's Pantry]

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This food distribution is from another group, Serra's Pantry. https://www.serraspantryoutreach.org/about-us http://www.serraspantryoutreach.org/hours-of-operation "Serra's Food Pantry is open each week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday." "The Food Pantry is located on the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano site." ____________________ Attention - Wendy from Serra's Pantry says Saturdays can get busy, crowded, and full because many students volunteer for school. Serra's Pantry wants all potential volunteers to contact them first before showing up. They might be unable to accommodate anyone who just comes unexpectedly on Saturday morning. To avoid being turned away if they have enough volunteers, please RSVP with Serra's Pantry by contacting them first. Fill out their "Volunteer Request" form at https://www.serraspantryoutreach.org/volunteering - Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here is insufficient. Signing up with them is necessary. Please contact Serra's Pantry to ask if they need volunteers on this day and if room is available. ____________________ Tasks include "sorting produce, lifting boxes, and taking out trash." "Middle school students must be accompanied by an adult." - Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please check with them if this is happening on this date. If this Saturday is on a holiday weekend, or if it might rain, or there's any other reason you want to check before going, please feel free to contact them to confirm the date, time, location, and if they still need volunteers. https://www.serraspantryoutreach.org/contact-us btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding with whatever happens. ____________________ If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability. Orange County http://feedoc.org/get-help/get-food-2 https://www.wastenotoc.org/pantries http://ocfoodbank.org/csfp - Greater Los Angeles https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator https://foodforward.org/about/who-gets-our-food - Southern California http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/CAfoodbanks.html